SCENE I. A hot and crowded theatre in Oxford. 30th June 1860.
Wilberforce (to Huxley and audience): Pray tell me, is it through your grandfather or your grandmother that you claim to be descended from an ape?1SCENE II. Science Magazine. 2 November, 2007.
Huxley (in hushed tones to Sir Benjamin Brodie) : The lord hath delivered him into my hands.1
Huxley (to Wilberforce and audience): I would rather be descended from a monkey than to be connected with a man who uses his great gifts to obscure the truth.1
(Woman in audience faints2)
Robert FitzRoy (shouting from audience and brandishing The Holy Bible): I implore you: have faith in God!2
Janecka et al3: Our data show that colugos are the closest living relatives of primates and indicate that their divergence occurred in the Cretaceous.NOT THE END.
References: 1JR Lucas (1979). Wilberforce and Huxley: A Legendary Encounter. The Historical Journal, 22, 2, pp. 313-330; 2Natural History Biographies. The Natural History Museum website; 3JE Janeka et al (2007). Molecular and Genomic Data Identify the Closest Living Relative of Primates. Science. Vol. 318. no. 5851, pp. 792 - 794.